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New book for adventure-loving kids: 'Explorer Academy: Falcon's Feather'

National Geographic



National Geographic is about to release the second of its new, action-packed "Explorer Academy" series — and it was written by a Northwest author!

"Explorer Academy: The Falcon’s Feather" by Trudi Trueit of Everett, goes on sale March 19. The first chapter is available online for an early read.

Trueit  will be part of a panel discussion on the "Explorer Academy" series and "near-future fiction" at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 17, at Emerald City Comic Con. (Event admission required.) She will be joined by Erika Bergman, a submarine pilot whose work helped to inspire the series.

The tale, a follow-up to "Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret," takes places aboard the ship Orion where Cruz Coronado and his classmates balance schoolwork and solving a mystery while taking part in cool science, cutting-edge technology and an up-close encounter with whales.

National Geographic recommends it for readers ages 8 to 12.

Trudi Trueit has written more than 100 books for young readers, both fiction and nonfiction, including "The Sister Solution," "Stealing Popular" and the "Secrets of a Lab Rat" series.

Here's a Q&A in which the author discusses the book (without giving too much away!), her creative process, and which "Falcon's Feather" characters she can relate to the most.


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